RAO Bulletin Update 15 May 2018

This bulletin contains the following articles:
DoD
04 == Security Clearances [01] —- (740K Backlog – 540 Day Average Wait Time)
05 == Arlington National Cemetery [75] —- (Burial Rules Changing)
06 == NDAA 2019 —- (House Panel Adopts $716 Billion Plan)
07 == DoD Tuition Assistance [07] —- (Corps Lowers Requirements)
08 == Navy Deployment Policy —- (Big Changes Contemplated)
10 == DoD Fraud, Waste, & Abuse —- (Reported 01 thru 15 MAY 2018)
11 == DOD PDBR [13] —- (Where You Lowballed Upon Discharge?
13 == Traumatic Brain Injury [67] —- (Shoulder-Fired Weapon Use Impact)
14 == Commissary Sales [04] —- (Beer and Wine Sales Begin within Next 90 Days)
14 == Huawei Alarm Sounded —- (Cellphone Giant Threatening the Global Order)
16 == POW/MIA [99] —- (Sgt. David Quinn’s Remains Returned after 75 Years)
17 == POW/MIA [100] —- (PFC Harold V. Thomas’ Remains Identified)
18 == POW/MIA Recoveries —- (Reported 01 thru 15 MAY 2018 | Eighteen)
VA
21 == VA Medical Images & Reports —- (Securely Access Medical Images Online)
22 == VASRD —- (Vision & Breast Evaluation Regs Updated)
23 == VA Telehealth [15] —- (Access across State Lines Now Authorized)
23 == VA Debit Cards [01] —- (Direct Express Debit Mastercard Option)
24 == VA FDC Program [03] —- (Fast Track Way to Get VA Disability Benefits Processed)
25 == VA Disability Claims —- (Non-Combat Related Conditions Applicable)
25 == VA Disability Claims [01] —- (Top 10 Reasons for Not Applying)
27 == VA Secretary [77] —- (Nominee Debacle May Distract from VA’s Major Problems)
28 == VA Blue Water Claims [44] —- (New Deal Could Mean Benefits for 90K Vets)
28 == VA Claim Decision —- (More Efficient Review Process Implemented)
29 == VA Care Assessment [03] —- (RAND Corp Study Results)
30 == VA ID Card [16] —- (Mailings Start)
30 == VA Pain Management [09] —- (Opioid Alternative Medical Device)
31 == Disabled Overseas Vets —- (28,000+ Excluded From VA Health Care)
31 == PTSD [245] —- (Oregon VA Shooter’s Father Blames VA)
33 == PTSD [246] —- (Ecstasy-Assisted Psychotherapy Support Growing)
33 == VA Video Connect —- (Virtual Health Care Treatment Option)
34 == VA MOVE! Program [03] —- (Weight Management Assistance)
35 == VA Vet Choice [78] —- (Expected To Run Out of Funding in June)
36 == VA Vet Choice [79] —- (House VAC Approves Plan to Prevent Shutdown)
37 == VA Presumptive Disabilities [01] —- (POW and Children of Vets)
37 == VA Fraud, Waste & Abuse —- (Reported 01 thru 15 MAY 2018)
40 == VAMC Bedford MA [03] —- (Vets Knowingly Exposed to Asbestos since 2014)
41 == VAMC Dayton OH [02] —- (Withheld Infection Info Led to Vet’s Leg Loss)
VETS
41 == Vet Amtrak Discount [01] —- (No Movement on Vet Discount Restoral)
42 == Arlington National Cemetery [75] —- (Burial Rules Changing)
43 == Agent Orange Guam [05] —- (Testing Draws Vet Concerns)
43 == Burn Pit Toxic Exposure [48] —- (Vets Ask Court to Reinstate Lawsuits)
44 == Chapter 61 Disability Pay —- (VA Disability Compensation Eligibility)
44 == Chapter 61 Disability Pay [01] —- (Difference between H.R. 333 & H.R. 303)
46 == Vet Groups [02] —- (Illinois Vet Establishment Gambling)
46 == WWII VETS 163 —- (Armand Sedgeley | Up For Silver Star)
49 == WWII VETS 164 —- (Frank A. Gleason | OSS)
50 == WWII VETS 165 —- (William V. Hines | Adjusting to A New Norm)
52 == Military Retirees & Veterans Events Schedule —- (As of 15 MAY 2018)
52 == Vet Hiring Fairs —- (Scheduled As of 15 MAY 2018)
53 == Vet State Benefits & Discounts —- (Utah May 2018)
VET LEGISLATION
53 == Vet Unemployment [15] —- (H.R.5492 | Reduce Unemployment for Vets of all Ages)
54 == VA Blue Water Claims [45] —- (HR.299 | Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act)
54 == Vet Farmers —- (Farmer Veteran Opportunity Act of 2018)
55 == Homeless Vets [86] —- (H.R. 4898 | Keeping Our Commitment to End Vet Homelessness)
56 == VA Mission Act —- (H.R.5674 | Enhance Vet Choice, Facility Closures, & Home Care Access)
57 == Tax Burden for California Retired Vets —- (AB 2394 | Military Retirement Pay Exemption)
MILITARY
58 == Expeditionary Fast Transports [01] —- (Not Meeting Design Specs)
59 == USMC Correctional Custody —- (Kibosh Put on Rock Busting)
60 == AN/SPY-6 Air/Missile Defense Radar —- (30 Times More Sensitive)
61 == Military U.S. Citizenship Benefit [02] —- (Naturalizations Drop 65%)
62 == NAS Barbers Point Memoria —- (Oahu Residents Upset Over Removal)
63 == Army Recruiting [06] —- (Bipolar, Depression, Self-Mutilation Waivers)
64 == Warships That Will Change the Future —- (INS Vishal)
MILITARY HISTORY
65 == Trapeze Plane Launching —- (WWII Navy High Wire Act for Aircraft)
67 == WWII Persecution of Jews —- (Irena Sendler’s Involvement)
68 == Sweden’s Nuclear Submarine —- (Never Built Vessel Would Have Been Hazardous)
69 == America’s Undeclared Naval War —- (SEP 1939 thru NOV 1941)
69 == Boston Massacre —- (Seventy-two Killed Resisting Gun Confiscation in Boston)
70 == Military History Anniversaries —- (16 thru 31 MAY)
71 == Medal of Honor Citations —- (Nathan G. Gordon | WWII)
72 == WWII Bomber Nose Art [06] —- (Impatient Virgin)
HEALTH CARE
73 == TMOP [24] —- (Express Scripps Prescription Home Delivery | FAQ)
74 == Tricare Providers [03] —- (Understanding Your Options)
75 == VA Vet Choice [80] —- (Community Providers Unprepared to Serve Vets)
76 == TRICARE Mental Health Care [04] —– (Webinar 17 MAY Sign-Up)
76 == Getting Started With Medicare —- (Six Steps)
78 == Asbestos Related Diseases [01] —- (Know the Signs & Symptoms of Exposure)
79 == Traumatic Brain Injury [68] —- (Dementia Risk Doubled)
80 == TRICARE Podcast 448 —- (Referrals & Prior Authorization | Ear Infections | Mental Wellness)
82 == TRICARE Podcast 449 —- (Provider Types | Webinar | Exercise Intensity)
FINANCES
83 == IRS 2018 Filing Season [03] —- (New Tax Law’s Charitable Contributions Impact)
83 == Payday Loans [04] —- (CFBP Provision Modifications)
84 == SBP DIC Offset [52] —- (Rand Assessment Does Not Address Fairness of Offset)
86 == TANF —- (A Program to Help Needy Families Achieve Self-Sufficiency)
86 == AARP —- (Criminals Steal $37 Billion a Year from America’s Elderly)
89 == Shimming Scam —- (New Credit Card Data Theft Method)
90 == VA OIG Attorney Scam —- (Telephone Impersonations)
90 == LinkedIn Loan Scam —- (Site Used to Target Victims)
91 == Scam PACs —- (Know Who You’re Giving To)
92 == Tax Burden for Delaware Retired Vets —- (As of MAY 2018)
GENERAL INTEREST
93 == Notes of Interest —- (01 thru 15 MAY 2018)
94 == National Poppy Day —- (25 MAY 2018 | Origin)
95 == McCain’s Brain Cancer [01] —- (VVA Condemns Disrespect of Nam Vet John McCain)
96 == Ear Reconstruction —- (First of Its Kind)
97 == Subpoenas —– (Does Executive Privilege Apply)
99 == USPS Mail Delivery [01] —- (Door Delivery Policy Change)
100 == Trump Tweets —- (His Way to Speak Directly to the People)
101 == GTMO Detainees [03] —- (Pentagon Recommendations Sent to White House)
102 == Military SKILCRAFT Pen —- (Turned 50 in April)
102 == Dead Son’s Portrait —- (Whoever Takes the Son Gets Everything!)
103 == Mosquitos [04] —- (Inexpensive Bite Avoidance)
104 == Have You Heard? —- (Growing Up In the 40’s & 50’s)
105 == Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way —- (16)

Note:
1. The page number on which an article can be found is provided to the left of each article’s title
2. Numbers contained within brackets [ ] indicate the number of articles written on the subject. To obtain previous articles send a request to [email protected].

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